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Bid to save sandpiper at risk of extinction in Russia


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Reports www.bbc.co.uk.

Conservationists have embarked on a mission to save one of the world's rarest birds, the spoon-billed sandpiper, from extinction. Fewer than 200 pairs of spoon-billed sandpipers were thought to exist in 2009, and since then, the population has thought to have declined by a quarter each year.

 

So a specialist team of bird experts are flying to the sandpiper's home in northeast Russia to collect and incubate eggs and set up a captive breeding population.

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